Validate, Sensitize, Celebrate! How do we do these in Asia?
On Friday 1 October 2021, I became a panel member for the session about Industrial Heritage of Europe presented by Hildebrand de Boer, Board Member of ERIH (European of Industrial Heritage), and several more positions in industrial heritage. The basic idea of his presentation was the development of the industrial heritage movement in Europe since his involvement in the 1970s. He divided the development into three phases: validation, sensitization, and celebration.
ERIH (European of Industrial Heritage) is one of the impressive results of the development and it is developing until now. Check this out for details https://www.erih.net/
As a panelist, I responded that if the industrial heritage movement in Asia inspired us to develop similar routes, we should at least consider three things: selection strategies, patterns of justification, and interpretative approaches, as Soyez, D. (2009) stated in Europeanizing Industrial Heritage in Europe: Addressing Its Transboundary and Dark Sides.
The selection strategies, it should be considered beyond the national boundary because the existence of industrial heritage is usually transnational connecting borders of countries.
The patterns of justification are not only in times of peace and progress but also in times of war and occupation. It should consider the dark side of the industrial heritage such as prisoners of war and forced labor.
The interpretative approaches are Asian characteristics of all sites, not only merely because their locations are in Asian countries. What are the characteristics of Asian industrial heritage?
Those are points that are easy to say than to formulate. Homeworks for all involved in the industrial heritage movement in Asia.